How Does the World View America

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In 1776, the United States of America gained its independence from Great Britain. At this time, America was a small, developing country. Flash forward 239 years, America is one of the world’s most powerful and influential countries. How does the world view this powerful, influential country? We will determine how other countries view America by learning and analyzing how America treats its own citizens, how America treats other countries, and how America manages its own budget. We propose that the world views America as a well-developed, economically, and politically stable nation that treats its citizens with the utmost respect.
One way to analyze how the world views America, is to examine how America treats its own citizens. One of a country's main priorities is providing quality healthcare for its own people. “The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but comparative analyses consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance” (Commonwealth Fund). When America was compared to other similar industrialized nations—United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands—America ranked last out of the all countries in term of quality of health care for its citizens. Despite having the worst quality of healthcare for citizens, American citizens by far pay more than any other citizen from any other country for their health care. “The U.S. leads the world in healthcare research and cancer treatment, for instance. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is higher in the U.S. than in other OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries and survival from colorectal cancer is also among the best” (Kane, 2012). This research shows that America indeed does have high quality healthcare available and some of the…...

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